Regular MOT testing gives public peace of mind, says Gem

10th January 2012

Having an MOT test on an annual basis provides peace of mind to drivers and the public, according to Gem Motoring Assist chief executive David Williams MBE.

The comments follow the results of a survey commissioned by Gem, which revealed that over half of UK drivers want to keep the current system of annual MOT checks.

According to the results, which canvassed 3,000 motorists, 52 per cent want to keep annual checks in place with 22 per cent stating they were unsure about the new rules.

The government recently put forward new proposals that could see MOT tests undertaken every two years, rather than on a more regular 12-month basis.

A further 44 per cent of drivers argued that the changes to the MOT law would also have a negative impact on road safety in the UK with almost half of those surveyed admitting concerns that car maintenance standards would slip.

Mr Williams argued that "a regular service gives the public peace of mind when it comes to driving a safe and reliable vehicle.

"We know that drivers rarely check their cars themselves and leaving it two years will mean we will have unsafe and sub-standard cars on our roads," he added.

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